Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Critic Consensus: The epitome of so-bad-it's-good cinema, Plan 9 From Outer Space is an unintentionally hilarious sci-fi "thriller" from anti-genius Ed Wood that is justly celebrated for its staggering ineptitude.
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as Ghoul Man
as Inspector Clay
as Jeff Trent
as Paula Trent
as Lt. Harper
as Col. Tom Edwards
as The Ghoul Woman
as The Ruler
as Patrolman Kelton
as Patrolman Larry
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Critic Reviews for Plan 9 from Outer Space
Wood lacked both the dramatic sense to unfold his speculations in action and the technique (as well as the money) to embody, in any plausible way, his spectacular fancies, but their crude approximations vibrate with his stifled exaltation.
J. Hoberman of the Village Voice has made a case for Wood as an unconscious avant-gardist; there's no denying that his blunders are unusually creative and oddly expressive.
It all ends with famous psychic Criswell asking the audience, 'Can you prove it didn't happen? God help us in the future'. Prophetic.
What distinguishes Plan 9 from the other contenders for worst film of all time is the movie's brazen sense of confidence.
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Ed Wood's most infamous creation and a definite prove of how outrageously inept he was as a filmmaker. Featuring a lot of laughable acting and dialogue, ridiculous special effects and a disastrous notion of space and time, this is a masterpiece of sheer awfulness.
I have seen worse movies in my life, hell, I've seen worse movies this very month, and yet this particular film from the infamous Ed Wood seems to be the seminal in bad filmmaking. Because of Mr. Wood's earnest approach to his source material, his inability to make films without corny dialogue, and his decision to only have one take per scene; make many of his films comically bad. It's sad that the untainted enthusiasm of Mr. Wood is often relegated to mirth, but at least his films are beloved for their camp and corniness, more than can be said for other aspiring filmmakers. This isn't even the worst of his films, but it is the most absurd, as it bridges the genres of zombie horror, sci-fi, and apocalypse film without any seamless transitions. He uses people who have never acted before, homemade sets, and doesn't apologize for the lack of production value. Still, I found the sentiment expressed by the aliens as productive, the sole message of the film positive as it says to do better for the world than the ways humans have before. At least there's that care for human dignity, and that's what makes this film great, even if it's technically bad.
Ok, so this film really isn't quite "The Worst Film of All-Time", but it is quite horrible. Part of what gives it redeeming value, though is the fact that it IS a bad movie- mainly due to the ridiculous writing, cheesy dialogue, and the numerous way too hard not to miss errors and goofs. This is a good film to watch for educational purposes especially for up and coming film makers as a way to see what not to do when making a film. Plus, spotting all the errors is fun in and of itself. This is delightfully cheesy and camp schlock at its best.
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|General:||We'll investigate but move cautiously|
|General:||We'll investigate but move cautiously.|
|Jeff Trent:||I'm muzzled by army brass!|
|Lt. Harper:||But one thing's sure. Inspector Clay is dead, murdered, and somebody's responsible.|
|Captain:||Visits? That would indicate visitors|
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